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Great job Marcy!!! It sounds like you've got he melody/rhythm chord method in good shape.
Way to jump in after it Andy. Have you tried playing it in first position with tongue blocking?
Thank you everyone. Will get back to you Crawforde on what I think of the Bulletizer Shure Ultimate 545. Have to purchase from the US.
I can tell you that my Manji IS less responsive than other harps.
It's even less responisve than othe Suzuki harps. I just held a Manji C and Bluesmaster C in my hands and blew into them. The Bluesmaster makes a sound with much less air.
This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the Manji. It sounds great. But it's a loud harp compared to all of my others. Because it doesn't respond to low amounts of air, you have to blow (and draw) a bit more...and it springs to life with higher amounts of air. And, when it springs to life. it's loud. It would probably be an excellent harp for a performer who wants to project sound. However, as somebody who likes to practice without making a racket, the Manji is a bit disconcerting. I like to sit on the couch and play fairly softly but the Manji doesn't seem to like to play softly. It likes to be loud.
In the little time I have on a daily basis, I'm often chopping and changing from one exercise to another. Sometimes I'm playing around with different tunings, other times I'm just chugging or practicing my bends. The steps of the 3 draw still elude me...
One thing which inspired me recently was listening to Salty Homes' I Want My mama - I've been spending the last week or so trying to make my harmonica talk!
Of course, it would help if I had better control of those pesky 3 draw bends...
I'm still working on learning that snazzy 24 hole Tremolo.
That's the main reason for my relative lack of new postings...specifically any new videos.
I'm spending time on the tremolo everyday but I also have to do daily diatonic and chromatic practice. As a result, progress is somewhat slow. Though my tremolo playing has improved significantly, I want to get it up to the point where I can post a video. But switching between three harmonica types everyday is an issue because I can't focus my tremolo efforts as much as I would like. As much as I want ot go all out on the tremolo, I'm afraid to neglect the other harps lest I start backsliding. So, right now, I'm juggling harps .
Currently I'm working on Autumn Leaves, My Favourite Things, general vamping exercises, dorian scale exercises. Constantly working on my bending and tongue blocking. Doesn't seem to be doing much good however.
My Manji in A doesn't have the sloping coverplate.
I quite like that design feature, similar to my Thunderbird. As well as the practicality of avoiding reed rattle, it's a neat ergonomic way of telling if your harp is the right way up.
Good start Andy.
If you do want to vamp, you need to have the core melody locked in first. If you try to do both with a new tune you're learning, the chances are you'll do neither very well...
Also, as much as I love vamping, in my opinion it can have the effect of making tunes sound too similar. It's no bad thing if you want to go a different direction and embellish the tune in your own unique way.
Found this topica sleep since the holidays I think ...
The past few days I've been working on that song ..."Yakety Axe"
I'm working on the charlie mccoy version. It's a hot popular sax tune from years ago.
he plays often in 2nd position in this case he uses 2 harps..each one "country tuned" C and F
Anybody out there already playing it ?
Any other stuff you're working on ?
No enlarged lower plate on keys above low F.
At least on mine.
I have a low D, enlarged cover on the bottom. I like it, and like the way me thumb lays on it, but I pucker. It was weird at first.
My higher key Manji has regular dimensioned cover plates.
Can anyone advise whether the Manji's in the higher registers have the slope on the left bottom. I'm finding this a little difficult to work around.
Comments on playing so far is that two draw bend is quite unresponsive, and I'm starting to notice faults in the sound, but this could be the change in my embrouchure because of the shape of the harp.
Here's an early attempt of Wabash Cannonball, on my favourite harp, the Hohner Meisterklasse. I'm struggling to do train sounds around it and vamp. I have no idea how Sarge does this to this tune, but I may have greater success in the higher register.
In absence of vamping I'm working on jazzing it up a little. We'll have to see how that works out.